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             His Eminence Archbishop-Primate +John Paul Hozvicka SCJ, D.D.

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In the Beginning…


     God Created heaven and earth, the universe, mankind and the animals, all plants and vegetation, fruits, nuts and seeds, and the creatures of the sea and of the air. God was very pleased with his work of creation and decided to create something unique something very special and very precious; He created mankind after His likeness and His Image. The name of the man was Adam and the woman Eve and He loved them as His children. After creating Adam and Eve, God imposed a test of faith on our first parents. Our first parents were tricked by Satan, a fallen angel, into disobeying God command of not to eat of the tree of knowledge and they failed this test of faith.


     Adam and Eve lost their innocence, their righteousness and were cast out of the Garden of Eden, and ever since then, man has worked to reunite himself with his Creator and over the Centuries God continue to communicate with man through His Prophets and Apostles and saints; through chosen holy people through visions, dreams and inspiration. Finally out of his great love for mankind he sent his only begotten Son, Jesus who is called the Messiah and Christ, meaning the anointed one of God, to die and pay for the sins of the entire human race.


Four Steps to Salvation


     Now God offers salvation to all of mankind, a chance to be reunited with God and receive our proper place with Him in the kingdom of heaven. Here I list the simple steps that are required to have salvation.


1. Time of learning (adults): about God through Jesus Christ, His commandments, about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Matt. 28:19. Once understood, it become a time of repentance and forsaking of your sinful life. Sin is more than a person breaking Gods laws, its your broken life, a broken heart, and a broken home within the structure of your life. Matt. 28:19-20


2. Time of accepting: Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and the Nicene Creed as your Statement of Faith. John 3:16-18


3. Time to Be baptized: in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and to be Chrismated (sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit) Matt. 28:19 and John 3:5 This becomes the act of sanctifying grace which is part of Salvation. Protestants are baptized but not sealed with the Holy Spirit. Remember what Jesus said "Less you be born of the water (baptism) and of the spirit (sealed with the Holy Spirit) you can not enter the Kingdom of heaven." John 3:5


Note (Babies): if the person is an infant then under the authority and protection of its parents the baby maybe baptized, upon the parents declaration of faith, by proxy. As Jesus dies for our sins (by proxy), so the parents may have their child baptized (by proxy). Their faith over shadows their child and the baptism is acceptable.


 Note: No where does it say in the Bible that babies cannot be baptized. 


4. Time to show evidence of faith: To give up your old life of sin and practice your new life in Jesus Christ. (I Cor. 6:9-10). The good works you do will not save you only your faith in Jesus will save you; your works is a way of showing proof of your faith, it’s your evidence and testimonial of your faith in Jesus, so you live according to the teaching of Jesus. "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." James 2:26 Throughout the entire Bible God always requires proof of our faith. To practice Jesus teachings which becomes our works shows God evidence of our faith; more important it makes us aware of our own faith in God. 


Note: James says nothing about doing works will save you, only faith in Jesus Christ saves you, works show God your faith is true.


     Many of today Christian Churches teach that in order to be saved you have to accept the Church dogma or Church doctrine. These Churches teach of God gift of salvation is incorrect and place hardship upon the people and they limit God grace, love and salvation. It’s a human weakness, to love authority over others people, where you have to go to them and accept their ideology (teaching) in order for you to obtain God salvation. Man always tries to monopolize, manipulate and control others for their own selfish ends and many Churches are affected with this sickness and don’t even know it. As for me, I have studied the scriptures since 1974 and know better. Just follow the outline I have listed above and you will have salvation.


                                                           Penance


From the time of your acceptance of Jesus as your savior and you are baptized and sealed with the Holy Spirit, you are now saved. But being human we are weak and still fall into the habit of sin and when that happens you have to make things right with God. The first thing you do is go to your priest and confess your sins, and he will forgive you and tell you what types of prayer you are to say as your penance. You will ask why you have to do penance? The following two stories will help you to understand.


Story One:


 My friend had two young boy’s age 7 and 8 and full of energy. One day they went into their father study and played and accidentally broke their father 1957 Ford model car that he loved so much. He herd the noise and came in and saw what his boy’s did. He was upset and angry at them and sat down with them and talked to them about what they did wrong so they understood. He told them that he forgave them for breaking his model car, but told them they have to make up what they did wrong, so he gave each of them a spanking (penance) three swats each.  This is what Protestants can’t understand about Catholic penance. Yes, God forgives us, but we still have to make things right with God and we do this through penance (prayers & good deeds).


Story Two:


This young man broke into the local grocery store and cause some damage to the store and took some beer. He was arrested by the police and went to jail. At his trail the shop owner came fort and told the Judge that he forgives the young man for what he did. The Judge was moved by the shop owner compassion, and ordered the young man to make things right with the owner (penance) by working at the man shop helping out until the damages have been paid for and things made right.


Now you must click on the link below to read part-2 of salvation.


                      http://scjministry.vpweb.com/water-spirit